According to a survey conducted by the Independent Game Developers Association, most game developers would rather work at Valve than any other company. This may not be all that surprising as Valve is a massive company in the PC gaming space, holding the increasingly popular Steam platform, which boasts a 65 million user count.
The survey asked 2200 developers who they’d rather work for, Valve came out on top ahead of ‘My own company’, which came in second place. While this might be a good indication, as with all surveys, results should be taken with a grain of salt as only a small number of people participated.
Here is the full top ten:
- My own company.
- Activision Blizzard.
- Current Employer.
- Naughty Dog.
- Double Fine.
- Bethesda Game Studios.
Valve is a privately owned company, meaning that it does not need to give in to the wishes of Shareholders. The company does not report its earnings to the public and allows staff to work on multiple projects at a time.
Valve works in multiple areas, it maintains the Steam platform- which is constantly receiving updates. In addition, the company is working on virtual reality, multiple popular game series, its own Source Engine, its own Linux based operating system and the Steam Machine initiative. Those are just the things we know about- I imagine that the company has a few secret projects in the works too.
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KitGuru Says: I’m actually a little surprised that Bethesda is so far down the list, then again, being a fan of a studio’s games and actually working on them are two very different things. Which developer would you work for if you had the choice? It doesn’t have to be on the list.